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REINDEER COOKIES/ Remember when ...



… department stores did not decorate for Christmas until Thanksgiving weekend? I do. Back then the holiday season did not officially start until after Thanksgiving. Now it seems we rush through the calendar year and at some point along the way, holiday decorations began appearing earlier and earlier. At first it was late October before the trick or treaters filled up on Halloween candy. That seems pretty reasonable compared to now when shops decorate in September. My Costco sells artificial Christmas trees and inflatable snowman in 90-degree temps in August. Really? I can adapt but I’m not ready for Christmas in August. How ‘bout you? Let the kiddies begin their school year before we get them thinking about Santa sliding down the chimney. Although, I realize the last quarter of the year is when merchants do their biggest business and are anxious to get us into the holiday buying spirit.

The early craze has caught on in my neighborhood too. Some display Christmas lights the day after Halloween and many neighbors decorate over Thanksgiving weekend. I like Christmastime just as much as anyone else but can we wait until December to light up the neighborhood? I know, I know, by the time turkey dinner is digested even the adults are getting excited about this joyous season. What gets me is many of those early birds turn off the lights on December 26. Hey people, the holiday season extends to New Years too! 

Whatever your traditions, celebrate the holidays at your own pace, cherish those you love, enjoy the spirit of the season and bake lots of cookies!


These reindeer cookies were favors on our Christmas dinner table last year. As you know by now, I am not so organized as to have Christmas cookies on the blog in November. I quickly snapped just a few photos before guests arrived. Come see this airbrushed stencil design. 


Reindeer Cookies
Reindeer Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Red with AmeriColor Super Red
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Color Mist (Gold, Silver)
Fair Isle Sweater Stencil

Outline cookie with #2 tip in red icing.
Flood cookie with red icing. Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on the cookie.

Spray with gold color mist.

Gently lift stencil.

Spray some cookies with silver color mist.

Let dry 30 minutes.




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BIRTHDAY CAKE COOKIES/ Forever Young



As little kids we love birthdays and look forward to each and every one with delight. We like the idea of getting older and even tell our age in half years. Can that old adage be true that youth is wasted on the young? We are in such a hurry to grow up and before we know it, those days reside in the past. Then we reach a point in life where we want time to slow down, those birthdays to come along at a slower pace especially as that number gets bigger. Do we ever feel our age? I don’t think my 88-year-old uncle feels his age. Maybe his knees do on certain days but overall I bet he feels like he’s 35 or 40. See the thing is that even as we get older, who says we have to act our age. My mother used to say “we cannot help getting older but we do not have to get old.” What she meant by that was in who we are, how we behave and what we believe. You may enjoy reading George Carlin’s views on aging. It will give you a chuckle. Then this funnyman follows with 10 serious Tips on staying young?

These feminine birthday cake cookies were made for my mother-in-law who loves pastel colors. I added a feminine dotted swiss look with piping detail. 


Birthday Cake Cookies
Wedding Cake Shortbread Cookies (trim top layer of cake)
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Pale Pink with AmeriColor Super Red
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5

Outline cookie with #2 tip in cream icing.

Flood cookie with cream icing. Let sit 45 minutes.

Pipe top of layers with #2 tip in pink icing. Let sit 45 minutes.

Pipe dots with #1.5 tip in pink icing. Let dry overnight.




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HEIRLOOM PUMPKIN COOKIES/ Pumpkin Variety



Autumn is the season we decorate the interior and exterior of our homes with colorful pumpkins, gourds and mums. The blogosphere displays beautiful fall decor and Halloween treats. Yes, of course cookies! The extent of creativity is amazing. Have you seen the artsy pumpkins in vibrant colors and designs? We have come a long way from the ordinary orange, carving pumpkins. There are an abundance of choices from swan-shaped gourds to heirloom pumpkins, which come in a variety of colors from gray, blue and white to purple, black and pink. They even have their own names, one being the Cinderella pumpkin which originated in France … so the inspiration for these cookies. 


 Sources: 100layercake.com and 123rf.com

I took my pumpkin cutter and gave it a gentle squeeze to achieve the squishy look of an heirloom pumpkin, added some sheen and adorned it with flowers.
  

Heirloom Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Light Violet with AmeriColor Regal Purple and AmeriColor Deep Pink
Royal Icing for detail tinted Dark Violet with AmeriColor Regal Purple and AmeriColor Deep Pink
Royal Icing for flooding and detail tinted Light Green with AmeriColor Avocado and AmeriColor Leaf Green
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #4, #5
Wilton Star Tip #16
PME Tip #1.5
Wilton Pearl Color Mist


Pipe stem with #5 tip in green icing. Let dry 20 minutes.
 
Outline three sections of pumpkin with #4 tip in light violet icing.
Flood middle section of cookie with light violet icing. Let dry 45 minutes.

Flood end sections of cookie with violet icing. Let dry overnight.
 
Spray pearl airbrush onto cookie. Let dry 30 minutes.

Pipe flowers in dark violet with #16 star tip.

Pipe leaves, vines and dots with #1.5 tip in detail green icing. 

Let dry overnight. 

 
 

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